Since my surgery in June, I've been taking hydrocodone 5/550. Originally, I was told to take 1 tab. every 6 hrs. Yeah, right, that's gonna help. Got my surgeon to increase to 2 tab. every 6 hrs. Still didn't touch the pain. Then, on my own I started taking 2 every 4 hours, maybe 3 times a day. I've tried to get the surgeon to decrease the tylenol portion and increase the hydrocodone, but he wouldn't do it. Since I had to go to my GP today for an ear infection, I asked her if she could give me something else. She FINALLY prescribed the 7.5 mg. hydrocodone with 325 mg. tylenol with instructions to take 1-1/2 every 6 hours. Since I had the bottle of 5/550 with me, I surrendered those to her, which she noted in my chart. I try not to take a pain med but one time a day and just suck it up the rest of the day.
Sometimes you just have to be your own advocate to get what you need! I'm so glad I found this site and have such great information around. Thanks to all of you!
Hopefully, this change in meds will decrease my pain.